Incident Fairey Battle Mk I L5065,
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 226734
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Date:Thursday 18 January 1940
Type:Silhouette image of generic bttl model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Fairey Battle Mk I
Owner/operator:7 AOS RAF
Registration: L5065
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:Peterston-super-Ely near Cowbridge, Glamorgan, Wales -   United Kingdom
Phase: Approach
Departure airport:RAF Stormy Down, Port Talbot, South Wales
Destination airport:RAF Stormy Down, South Wales
Fairey Battle Mk.I L5065, 7 AOS (Air Observers School), RAF. Written off (damaged beyond repair) 18 January 1940 when belly landed in a field at Peterston-Super-Ely, near Cowbridge, Glamorgan. According to the ORB (Operational Record Book/Air Ministry Form 540) for RAF Stormy Down:

"Five days later" [18 January 1940] "Pilot Officer A B Lawton in Battle L5021 could not get the undercarriage to come down on his final approach. He did not have time to operate the emergency gear before touching down in a wheels up landing. The same day, on a Wind Speed and Direction exercise in Battle L5065 Flight Lt R de K Winlaw flew into a snow storm. He made a forced landing with the wheels up into a small field near Cowbridge. The aeroplane slithered into some trees and was wrecked. Perhaps it was inevitable the AOC 25 Group, AVN Champion de Crespigny chose that day to visit the unit!"

According to the official Air Ministry file on the incident (File AIR 81/1800): "Aircraft accident, Peterston-super-Ely, Battle L5065, 7 Bombing and Gunnery School, 18 January 1940. Leading Aircraftman J M Tweedie injured".

Struck off charge 24 January 1940 as Cat.E(FA). Note that the official Air Ministry File states that L5065 was with 7 B & GS (Bombing & Gunnery School) but most published sources state that L5065 was delivered to 7 AOS (Air Observers School) on 5 September 1939


1. Royal Air force Aircraft L1000-L9999 (James J. Halley, Air Britain, 1978 p 33)
2. The Battle File (Sidney Shail, Air Britain, 1997 p 142)
3. National Archives (PRO Kew) File AIR 81/1800:

Revision history:

02-Jul-2019 01:14 Dr. John Smith Added
04-Jul-2019 11:49 stehlik49 Updated [Operator]

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